(urth) Severians Later Appearance (Spoilers)

Dave Tallman davetallman at msn.com
Tue Jan 12 15:52:31 PST 2010

David Stockhoff wrote:

> Why would Silk/Horn be part of Severian's story of his rise to the throne/ascent to godhood?
Isn't he a significant part of the story? Nobody has mentioned that
Silk/Horn is identified by Severian as Malrubius. Indeed, the aquastor
Malrubius of the BOTNS is probably strongly influenced by the memories of
Silk/Horn as opposed to what the man himself was like. If Severian made no
distinction between them, his promise to write nothing about Silk/Horn was a
lie, as we would expect from him.

But the Severian seen in BOTSS is probably an earlier iteration of the
Severian who wrote BOTNS. Inconsistencies abound:
1) He keeps Triskele longer in BOTSS (into Spring).
2) He knows Merryn better and earlier.
3) His ambitions are better-defined at a young age (to become a guild head,
and to write).

There would seem to be many iterations on the way to building the Severian
who can bring the New Sun. This one needed the early influence of Silk/Horn,
and the next iterations will also (possibly replaced with an aquastor all
the way through).
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